It’s the Holiday Season!

As the holiday season arrives, many of us are looking forward to a time filled with “glad tidings of comfort and joy.” For most all of us, the current year has been filled with bad tidings, discomfort, uncertainty, and personal loss. In addition, with the cancellation of every convention on our agenda, we have missed being able to personally connect with friends old and new. Like all of you, we are hoping for a chance to renew those connections in 2021.

Meanwhile, we continue to work on new books in the activity book series for both Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series and the Records of History World War Two Series. Earlier this summer, the first two titles of the World War Two series – “Forgotten Heroes” and “The Homefront” – were published. We are now happy to announce the newest title in the Wild West series has just been published.

In Westbound Trains: Matt’s Wild West Discovery Series Volume Five one can enjoy activities that provide a fun way to learn interesting information about the railroads and interstate roads that are so vital to western commerce. (For example, did you know that the point of lowest elevation for the interstate system is located on I-8 at El Centro, California?) As with all the books in the series, the cowboy code of a western star is featured – in this volume it is Wild Bill Hickok’s Deputy Marshal’s Code of Conduct.

While more western volumes are planned, we are currently in the early stages of developing the next book for the World War Two set. This book will highlight the various entertainment options enjoyed by folks during the war years. Content will include activities related to movies and movie stars, popular radio programs, comedians, music, books, and much more. Stay tuned!

I hope you can join with us in choosing to look forward to the next several weeks with a spirit of hope and good will, and that we can all experience the peace and joy associated with the holiday season.

My Top 3 Christmas Songs by Holiday Category

One of the fun conversation topics with friends during the Christmas season seems to be various “favorites” lists. You may be asked to list your favorite Christmas movies, your favorite Christmas food, your favorite stocking-stuffer gifts, or simply your favorite things about Christmas.

But even if never asked to share it, everyone has their personal list of favorite Christmas songs. They are the songs that you make sure to include on your Christmas playlist every year in order to guarantee for yourself “that Christmas feeling.” Everyone has their favorites, and yet a few seem to resonate well with everyone year after year. I recently saw a list online (Newsweek’s “The Top 20 Best-Selling Christmas Songs of All Time”) that got me to thinking about my own favorites. However, I wanted to give it a little different twist and consider my top three Christmas songs by five categories (the categories themselves being made up by me specifically just for these lists). Perhaps some of my choices below will also be on your list of favorites.

My Top 3 Christmas Songs by Holiday Category

Hymn: Silent Night, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World

Indoor Holiday Theme: Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree, Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

Outdoor Holiday Theme: White Christmas, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells

Santa: Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Here Comes Santa Claus

‘Tis the Season: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, The Christmas Song, A Time to Be Jolly

Whether your list would look similar to mine or not…I hope you enjoy the sounds of the season. Merry Christmas!



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